Common questions about Illinois workers’ compensation laws

Most employees in Chicago, Illinois, know they have the right to seek compensation if they are injured at work. However, beyond that basic knowledge, many employees know little about the state’s workers’ compensation laws. Most employees, especially those currently facing injuries, can benefit from learning about their rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Coverage […]

OSHA guidelines for the airline industry

The airline industry serves millions of people around the world every year, but little is publicly known about injuries sustained by these workers in work-related accidents, and any changes airlines may be making to increase safety for the workers who provide these services. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides clear instructions and information on […]

Third-party lawsuits and owner liability in construction accidents

While working on a construction site at an Illinois mall last December, two workers were seriously injured when a wall collapsed. One worker died in the hospital from injuries sustained during the accident. Although the manager of the mall maintained that the worker’s death was just a “tragic accident”, the surviving worker and the family […]

Understanding the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act

Most employees realize that if they are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, many workers don’t comprehend that under Illinois law, they are eligible to receive compensation if their injury or illness develops as a result of continuous employment. These illnesses are often not traceable to one specific event.  […]

Workers’ compensation and depression in Illinois

Depression is a medical disorder that causes persistent sadness and lack of interest. Depression can cause short and long-term emotional and physical problems. Typically, people suffering from depression find it difficult to go about their regular daily activities and may even feel like life is not worth living. Depression’s impact on workers Although no one […]

Workers’ Compensation Reform Update for Illinois Workers

Just over two years ago, Governor Pat Quinn signed into effect the most extensive overhaul of workers’ compensation Illinois legislation in decades. According to the governor, the new rules would significantly reduce fees that doctors and hospitals charge for treating workers injured on the job or suffering job-related illnesses—leading to lower insurance premiums for employers. […]

What You Need To Know About Light Duty and Temporary Total Disability Payments

The Illinois Workers’Compensation Act states that injured workers are entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation during the period they are temporarily unable to perform any work because of an injury or disease sustained on the job. TTD ensures you have the financial resources to maintain your household until you can return to work. In […]

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Social Security, Child Support and Pre-Existing Conditions

If an Illinois on-the-job injury makes it impossible for you to work or has worsened your quality of your life, your employer may have offered workers’ compensation benefits. Before accepting it, you need to understand how workers’ compensation payments may affect other benefits you’re receiving. How Workers’ Compensation Benefits Impact Social Security Benefits Laws have […]

Making These Mistakes Can Destroy Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you get injured on the job or suffer exposure that causes an illness, it is easy to become confused about how to proceed when filing an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. If you unknowingly act, or fail to act, in a manner that can jeopardize your Illinois workers’ compensation claim, you may be denied the […]

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